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February 13, 2016

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February 13, 2016

Risk of Lead Poisoning from Urban Gardening Is Low, New Study Finds

Feb. 2, 2016 — A new study looked at potential risks associated with growing vegetables in urban gardens and determined that the benefits of locally produced vegetables in cities outweigh any risks from gardening ... read more

A New Alternative to Sodium: Fish Sauce

Feb. 2, 2016 — Vietnamese fish sauce added to chicken broth, tomato sauce and coconut curry reduced the amount of sodium chloride by by 10-25 percent while still maintaining the perceived deliciousness, saltiness ... read more

Feb. 1, 2016 — Humans are affecting nature to a greater and greater degree and this is contributing to the reduction of biodiversity globally. To better assess the consequences requires a better understanding of ... read more

Dominant Ant Species Significantly Influence Ecosystems

Feb. 1, 2016 — Researchers investigated the role of different ant species in various ecosystem processes in tropical rain forests. They discovered that the dominant role is often played by only a few or even a ... read more

Enzymes With Potential to Increase Wheat Yields

Jan. 28, 2016 — Wheat yields could be significantly increased thanks to varieties with a superior form of a common enzyme, according to new research. Models suggest that incorporating the new enzymes into wheat ... read more

Fleeting Fruit in a Tropical Forest

Jan. 28, 2016 — To find energy-rich food, like tropical ripe fruit, is a challenge for chimpanzees, say scientists. A new study reports which cognitive strategies chimpanzees can use to gain privileged access to the ... read more

Jan. 28, 2016 — Andean beans (for example, red kidney beans) were overlooked by researchers because other beans were easier to breed. However, researchers took notice of the Andean bean. They recognized its ... read more

Asthma, Allergies: Protective Factor Found in Farm Milk

Jan. 27, 2016 — Fresh, unprocessed cow's milk has a higher content of omega-3 fatty acids than does pasteurized, homogenized or low-fat milk. This factor partly explains why children who consume the unprocessed ... read more

Regular Caffeine Consumption Does Not Result in Extra Heartbeats

Jan. 26, 2016 — Contrary to current clinical belief, regular caffeine consumption does not lead to extra heartbeats, which, while common, can lead in rare cases to heart- or stroke-related morbidity and mortality, ... read more

Jan. 22, 2016 — A diet rich in fiber may not only protect against diabetes and heart disease, it may reduce the risk of developing lung disease, according to new ... read more

Fatty Acids from Genetically Modified Oilseed Crops Could Replace Fish Oil

Jan. 20, 2016 — Oil from genetically modified (GM) oil seed crops could replace fish oil as a primary source of the beneficial omega 3 fatty acid EPA, according to new research. Researchers studied the effect in ... read more

Eating Less Meat Might Not Be the Way to Go Green, Say Researchers

Jan. 19, 2016 — Reduced meat consumption might not lower greenhouse gas emissions from one of the world's biggest beef producing regions, new research has ... read more

Jan. 14, 2016 — An explanation for the correlation between eating fish during pregnancy, and the health of the baby's brain, has been uncovered by a group of researchers. Dietary lipid contains fatty acids such ... read more

Jan. 13, 2016 — A new study finds that urban crops in Seattle could only feed between 1 and 4 percent of the city's population, even if all viable backyard and public green spaces were converted to growing ... read more

Jan. 13, 2016 — Discerning consumers are seeking out alternatives to basic white bread. They are turning to Old World grains like spelt, emmer, and einkorn. However, reviving ancient grains in modern times ... read more

Blueberries, Citrus Fruits, Red Wine Associated With Reduced Erectile Dysfunction

Jan. 13, 2016 — Flavonoid-rich foods are associated with a reduced risk of erectile dysfunction, according to a new study. Of all the different flavonoids, Anthocyanins (found in blueberries, cherries, blackberries, ... read more

Pre-Pregnancy Potato Consumption May Be Linked to Gestational Diabetes Risk

Jan. 12, 2016 — Women who eat more potatoes before pregnancy may have higher rates of gestational diabetes -- the form that occurs during pregnancy -- compared to women who consume fewer potatoes, suggests a new ... read more

Jan. 12, 2016 — Ehen temperatures get warmer, woodrats suffer a reduced ability to live on their normal diet of toxic creosote, suggesting that global warming may hurt plant-eating animals, report ... read more

Grazing Towards Sustainability

Jan. 12, 2016 — The benefits of utilizing pasture and robust cows over high-yield, intensive systems will be the focus of a seminar. An important part of this work is the collaboration not just with scientists but ... read more

Jan. 12, 2016 — Efforts to find alternative sources of energy has more and more municipalities looking at biogas facilities designed to recycle food waste. But encouraging people to work harder to cut food waste ... read more

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